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nester’s microbiology a human perspective


An ideal text for students in non-major / allied health programs (and mixed majors courses as well), this text offers a solid grounding in microbiology. The book has a concise and readable style, covers the most current concepts, and prepares students for the future with knowledge and mastery of the concepts. With its systemic approach to disease coverage, vivid images, and clear explanations, Microbiology: A Human Perspective keeps students coming back for more.

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About the Author

As an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Washington, Mira Beins teaches general microbiology, medical bacteriology, and medical fungi / parasites. During her undergraduate years at the University of the Philippines, she majored in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, before moving to Wisconsin for graduate school in Microbiology. In her graduate and postdoctoral work, she focused exclusively on viruses, which reinforced her belief that viruses are amazing, even though she now admits that bacteria, fungi, and parasites are pretty cool as well. Mike and Mira live in Seattle with their two children, Maya and Noah. Besides teaching and driving the kids to their many activities, Denise loves reading books, watching movies, enjoying time with friends and family, and planning her next family trip (to the Yorkshire Dales).

Eugene Nester once wrote the original version of this text with Evans Roberts and Nancy Pearsall, although he is no longer part of the author team. It was developed specifically for allied health sciences and pioneered the organ system approach to infectious disease. A graduate of Cornell University, Gene received his Ph.D. from Case Western University in microbiology. A postdoctoral program at Stanford University with Joshua Lederberg followed. A year later, he joined the University of Washington’s Department of Microbiology as a member of the faculty emeritus. In his laboratory, Agrobacterium transfers DNA into plant cells, leading to the disease crown galla system of transduction that is one of the cornerstones of plant biotechnology. In recognition of his work, the Australia Prize and Cetus Prize in Biotechnology were awarded to him, and he as well as a National Academy of Sciences fellowship. The the American Academy of Science Advancement, the American Academy of Microbiology, as well as the National Academy of Sciences in India.

Currently, Denise Anderson teaches general microbiology, medical bacteriology laboratories, and medical mycology / parasitology laboratories at the University of Washington. As part of her graduate training, she taught microbiology laboratory courses, gaining a passion for teaching while studying nutrition and food science. Known for her passionate teaching style, which is fueled by Seattle’s famous coffee, she receives high marks from her students. She lives with her husband, Richard Moore, and dog, Dudley, in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle, where she relaxes outside of academic life. Aside from planning lectures, grading papers, and writing textbook chapters, she enjoys talking with the neighbors, fighting weeds, or exploring the local brewery.

In addition to teaching microbiology, anatomy and physiology, and general biology at Borough of Manhattan Community College, Sarah Salm is a Professor at City University of New York’s Polytechnic Institute. University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa has been the focus of her undergraduate and PhD studies. She later moved to New York to work as a postdoctoral fellow and Assistant Research Professor at NYU Langone Medical Center. Among her research interests are the identification of plant viruses and the characterization of stem cells in prostate cancer. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling.